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  • ERDF at the Cross Roads?

    The 2007-13 English regional ERDF programmes are rapidly moving into a critical make or break phase. They have just two more years to invest what is still a significant amount of uncommitted money. The programmes have experienced very tough operating conditions having navigated through an intense recession which has fundamentally changed economic opportunities. Business growth and job creation o...

  • The UK’s Broadband Challenge May Be Bigger Than...

    This week OFCOM published data on fixed broadband availability throughout the UK. The headlines, not surprisingly “highlight that overall broadband performance is lower in areas of low population density, such as rural Scotland and Wales.” Taking the Ofcom approach at face value, this is true. But, from a policy perspective this is only part of the picture. Investment in broadband should not jus...

  • BDUK Round 2 Reflections and Forward Look

    The dust is now settling on the latest announcement from the second round of BDUK announcements . Congratulations clearly due to the winners and commiserations (for now) to the losers. The three winners  are now starting the hard work of turning their bids into concrete plans which attract private sector interest and command what looks like some substantial leverage. Exact figures will be finali...

  • Accelerating Next Generation Broadband Access

    Superfast broadband can drive forward economic growth and its roll-out should be stimulated where the market is not likely to go. Why Super Fast Broadband? Speed is important to a growing number of businesses and households and will continue to be important as new richer media and more sophisticated applications emerge. Uploading might become important as synchronous broadband creates scope...

  • Super Fast Trains & Super Fast Broadband

    I’ve been struck in the last 24 hours by the comparisons being made between HS2 and the government’s other flagship infrastructure investment in superfast broadband. £530m has been allocated through BDUK to local partnerships across the country while HS2 is going to cost £33bn for its first phase alone connecting Birmingham and London, with the first trains not running until 2026. Whilst there h...

  • BDUK Gets Interesting

    I may be the first to say it, but I think the UK’s push for better broadband has just shifted into a much more interesting phase. The frustrating processes of developing broadband delivery plans, securing state aid clearance and negotiating procurement are nearly behind us. The Urban Broadband Fund is just now shifting from pilots into full roll out in candidate cities and, the clarity emerging...

  • Broadband Under The Coalition: A Look Forward and...

    As we hurtle towards the next election, it seems a timely moment to take stock of what has happened in the broadband arena under the current government and have a quick look forward to see how things could evolve in the next few years. Last week, BDUK CEO Chris Townsend announced 2M properties have been connected to superfast broadband and going up at 40,000 per week. Phase Two is now swingin...

  • The 'hidden' broadband connectivity problem

    Access to superfast broadband continues to be an issue affecting many areas of the United Kingdom. As emotive as it is political, whilst also being driven by commercial forces, those areas still lacking superfast (let alone ultrafast!) speeds continue to be considerable both in number and the extent to which they make headlines. The media it seems, remains hungry for stories of digitally disadva...

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